SNAP responds to arrest of pedophile teacher in LA
We are deeply disturbed at the level of depravity of Mark Berndt. Our hearts grieve for the torture suffered by the children that he abused and who may have looked up to him as a teacher before he betrayed their trust. We hope they are able to find healing and recovery.
We are especially concerned that he has been working at this Miramonte Elementary for 30 years. This level of sadism does not simply spring up one day, and so we wonder how many more children he may have tortured and abused during his tenure there. Given the fact that many of these children were from poor and impoverished backgrounds, and in some cases the children of illegal immigrants, it is likely that there are many more victims who were coerced or threatened into silence. We hope that they are able to find their voice and come forward to police to report their abuse.
50 State AG Call for Grand Jury
Any investigation must be:
- independent of and separate from the church
- must have subpoena powers and ability to compel testimony under oath
Anything short of these criteria is a sham and whitewash.
In addition, write letters to the editor, make phone calls to politicians as they can apply pressure to keep them responsive to our demand. We need to make efforts to ensure that they follow up on what the state is doing to investigate these crimes.
Note to Letter Writers
Use your own words and style of writing. Cut and paste from the templates as you wish. Include your experiences, whether as a survivor or as a member of the community. And relate your letter to the state you were abused in or state now living in.